Tuesday, January 28, 2020

UPDATED: Just For A Laugh

This whole Bolton thing is simply more theater of the absurd, and attempts by establishment Republicans to assure us that Bolton isn't actually a very creepy guy are, well, absurd.

Mickey Kaus captures it well:

UPDATE: Mark Steyn pretty much agrees with Kaus--if you want more Trump, Rick Wilson's your go to guy. Steyn, of course, says it at greater length and with his usual flair:

But I do wonder if, in a democratic age, it is politic to mock half the country as stump-toothed knuckle-dragging bozos who know no more of the world than where to go for a jigger of moonshine and a bunk-up with your cousin. Especially when they're the half of the country that won the election. The Demo-media line has always been that GOP presidents - Eisenhower, Reagan, both Bushes - are dull-witted and ignorant. To extend that contempt to the electorate would not seem prudent - and rather un-self-aware surely for a chap who advertises himself as committed to "the growing need for inclusion to fight the forces of hate and division". If you want more Trump, this is the way to get it.

~The likes of Rick Wilson are a big part of why voters looked elsewhere. Here's me in July 2015:
The 'normal rules' of American politics have delivered America into the hands of a permanent ruling class content to preside over a hyper-regulated, corrupt, cronyist, indebted borderless ruin mitigated according to taste by a deranged hyper-sexualized identity-politics totalitarianism hunting down homophobic bakers and confederate-flag decals... Your mileage may vary. But the fact is that in a two-party system the Democratic Party is relatively effective at delivering to its voters the world they want to live in. The Republican Party not so much. Responding to my attack on the GOP's consultant class, one of its most eminent members, Rick Wilson, responds: 
'@WillvonKaenel @MarkSteynOnline Weird. There are twice as many elected Rs in the county [sic] today than 15 years ago. Yeah, we built that.' 
Built what? If the purpose of a political party is to elect officeholders to sit in offices, you're doing great. But that's kind of Trump's point, isn't it?
If you're hot for Obamacare, diversity, open borders, gay marriage, the Democrats, as I note above, deliver. By contrast, to reprise another line from the summer of 2015:
The Republican Party has become the party of 'Nothing Can Be Done.' It's the Council of Despair. Donald Trump is the symptom, but the disease is a do-nothing Republican Party.
Nothing says "credulous rube" like writing a check to the GOP knowing they're passing it straight to Rick Wilson.


  1. I do not believe in 3D Chess.

    The most rational and easiest explanation is his hubris.

    Thing is, as this post show, he is just a pawn.

    What kind of American does it take to betray your country?

  2. But hey, who cares what a Trump supporter thinks.

    "Let me just say from the outset that I don’t consider Bolton credible,” Bush reportedly told an assembled group of political writers."

    "I spent political capital for him,” Bush reportedly said, complaining he got little in return."

    1. Oh, I am TexasDude, just gotta change my login.

  3. Jeez, third party claims that someone is an "unvarnished truth-teller" strike me the same way as when someone says "trust me." I reach for my wallet so I don't get my pocket picked because someone is about to pull a fast one on me...

    1. This is one of those "consider the source" things.